Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Microsoft Antivirus Beta Released Then Pulled

Microsoft Security Essentials, the company's new free antivirus software which was originally codenamed "Morro", was released in its beta form yesterday for users in the United States, Israel, People's Republic of China and Brazil to download and try. However today the beta program has already filled up meaning us late comers to the part no longer have a chance to try the new software.

Posted across the download page is a message from Microsoft stating, "Thank you for your interest in joining the Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta. We are not accepting additional participants at this time. Please check back at later a date for possible additional availability."

For those lucky enough to grab an early copy of the beta the software is said to provide free protection from viruses, spyware, rootkits, and Trojans for users running Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. According to several reports the new AV program appears to be very well built and extremely efficient.

DailyTech reports the software even beats out competitive offerings from Symantec and McAffee, using a scant 4 MB of memory in initial tests; processor use was also minimal. Quick scans take a mere 10 minutes, while a full scan comes in at a competitive 45 minutes, despite the small footprint. The software strives to perform most of the scanning when the system is idle, and even then maintains a relatively polite footprint.

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